I had heard of Amitav Ghosh because of his books “Sea of Poppies” and “The Glass Palace”. These are probably his more popular books. But “The Calcutta Chromosome” is the first book that I have read and I am glad that I read it. The book speaks for itself. You can expect nothing less from a Jnanpith award winner. The Calcutta Chromosome itself won the Arthur C Clarke award in 1997. I cannot recommend it enough.
Imagine an expert consumer who is highly skilled at shopping and getting good deals. A consummate consumer! You can also remember the root words to remember. Both “consummate” and “summit” have the root word “summus” that is Latin for “summit” – the highest point. Imagine a consummate climber who has reached the summit of Mount Everest!
If you get bashed (hit) publicly, you would feel embarrassed, wouldn’t you? The “abash” should remind you of public bashing. Remember thus.
“Abate” rhymes with “Rebate”. When we get a rebate in taxes or in a supermarket, our cash outgo reduces. Similarly, when a crisis abates, our risks reduce.
“Fallacious” should remind you of “false”. Imagine someone falling to such great levels that they would use false statements to justify their position or statements.
The pronunciation of “Gait” is similar to that of “Gate”. (Both are pronounced as “geit”.) Imagine the way a marathoner walks (his/ her gait) while crossing a gate!
“Totum” means “everything” in Latin. “Factotum” should remind you of a person who does all kinds of jobs in factory – from sweeping the floors to piling up the papers. Remember thus!
“Gainsay” is a tricky word to remember. Just think about some one who has made huge gains in a business. But when others ask her whether she actually made those gains, she denies flatly! Remember thus!
“Factitious” should remind you of “Fictitious”. Both words denote “imaginary” things, although there is a subtle difference between the two.
The pronunciation of the word “Gaffe” is “Gaf’”, which should rhymes in a way (not entirely though) with the word “Cough” (pronounced as “Kawf”). Imagine yourself constantly coughing while an important event is underway. It could be pretty embarrassing, can’t it? Remember thus!